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Union of European practitioners in intellectual property

The contribution of the prestigious European Intellectual Property Organization (UNION), which integrates some of the leading European experts in this field, was published on the 3d December for the discussion of a patent law issue submitted to the European Boards of Appeal of Patents.

Lisbon Annual Report: Riding the wave

For VdA’s executive group partner, “law firms are under pressure to provide a top quality service, more efficiently”. The article analyses the portuguese market on business advocacy, after consulting some lawyers of the best portuguese law firms. The biggest law firm in Portugal are experiencing substantial growth, but managing partners are well aware that a downturn in […]

Portugal: Patent litigation law review

By António Andrade, Marta Alves Vieira The Portuguese patent litigation system has some particularities that make it a rather unique system. In Portugal, patent litigation generally takes place before the Intellectual Property Court (the Court). This specialised state court, with jurisdiction at a national level, has been operating in Portugal since 30 March 2012 and is […]

Can commonhold be reinvigorated?

By Michael Callaghan and Melissa Barker The Law Commission has issued a substantial consultation seeking to improve the manner in which the commonhold system operates and to persuade existing leaseholders to move to a commonhold structure. Background Commonhold is an alternative to long leasehold ownership of property. Instead of a landlord and a number of tenants, […]

In what circumstances can additional administrators be appointed?

By Simon Clark, Gawain Moore According to a recent case, Zinc Hotels (Investment) Limited and others v Beveridge and others [2018] EWHC 1936 (Ch), the court does not have power to appoint additional administrators except within the constraints of paragraph 103 of Schedule B1 to the Insolvency Act 1986. Where administrators are appointed out of court by the […]

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Morgan Cole takes on Saga lawyer to boost energy unit

Morgan Cole is taking on a leading in-house energy lawyer to boost its practice. Geoff Hewitt joined Morgan Cole last week in a whirlwind move, say sources in the energy department. Hewitt was formerly director and legal manager at Saga Petroleum UK. His expertise lies in “upstream” energy law – the production end of the […]

In brief: Keeble Hawson Moorhouse

Keeble Hawson Moorhouse has poached clinical negligence assistant Caroline Moore from rival Yorkshire firm Wake Smith. Moore says: “I am looking forward to challenges from 1 August when legal aid will only be available to clients of firms with clinical negligence teams.”

A precarious situation

The Christmas party season is warming up, but at least one City firm may have to redo its invitation list. This year Freshfields’ celebrations will be without Citibank and the chair reserved for Wilde Sapte’s James Johnson will remain empty. Freshfields is not the first firm to be blackballed by a US bank for acting […]

GUS snubs Paisner & Co in Knickerbox Kit battle

One of Paisner & Co’s biggest clients, Great Universal Stores (GUS), has instructed Dibb Lupton Alsop to represent it in its battle against Knickerbox. Paisner & Co has advised the Manchester-based company since 1932. A spokeswoman at Paisner & Co, who says that GUS is one of its main clients, says: “We do a lot […]

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